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Nissan Quest/Mercury Villager problems



  • I've got a problem with the automatic transmission in my 93 MV Van. upon accelerating from a stop, the gear does not automatically change...have to bring up to 4K RPM and 30 MPH, then ease of accelerator and wait til shift. Sounds like Speed Sensor, but not sure...any ideas?
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,626
    Yes the axle turns at the speed of the wheel, but an out of balance axle is going to act up way sooner than waiting for wheel speed to equal 55 mph. And yes it sounds like a speed issue not an RPM issue...which sounds like wheel balance or bad tires.
  • will21will21 Posts: 1
    A bad throttle position sensor could cause that problem.
  • cdacscdacs Posts: 3
    I have the same problem on my 1993 mercury villager. It has 156,000 miles on it and it starts to vibrate at 60 mph. I am thinking of changing the struts and shocks(its due for a change anyway) and having all four wheels aligned. I was curious if you've fixed your problem and how?
  • njgirl3njgirl3 Posts: 3
    Seems like a pretty easy question, right?

    My mechanic is telling me that I need to have the timing belt replaced at 105K. My brother & cousin that sell cars for a living say that they car has a timing chain & the mechanic is wrong.

    Who is right?
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    The '99 Quest has a timing belt and the recommended change interval is 105,000 miles, and since the Villager is a twin, I'm assuming it has the same change recommendation interval. But I'm not finding it in the Edmunds Maintenance Guide schedules.

    Several of us with this model year haven't bothered to change our belts since we think we have non-interference engines. Mine's a '99 Quest btw.

    Your relatives can look up the belt specs at if they don't believe me. :shades:

    Steve, Host
  • njgirl3njgirl3 Posts: 3
    Thanks for your reply! Has anyone ever confirmed that it's a non-interference engine or are ya'll just hoping it is?
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    lol, this is the never-ending question. Gates says it's interference, but I think they are wrong based on other stuff I've read here and elsewhere. The Pathfinder, which has a similar engine, is interference, and I think that's part of the confusion.

    Here's a good reason to go ahead and change the belt:

    marku1, "Nissan Quest/Mercury Villager problems" #2276, 8 Feb 2006 8:19 am

    Steve, Host
  • njgirl3njgirl3 Posts: 3
    Steve, I read that thread and I don't understand why he replaced it? Because he was already having problems with the car anyway?? As far as I can tell I don't have those problems- still have lots of power, no hesitation, and I get on average 25mpg on the highway, so I think I'm doing ok.

    What's with those cracked engine mounts they told me about? Is that a frequent/costly repair? If I don't get them fixed, the engine could just fall out of the car, correct?

    I've had the right axle replaced, and the front brakes done, but other than that, I've only had fluids in the car replaced/flushed (oil, coolant, etc). I haven't done anything else to the car which is why I have a steep learning curve now in regard to all of this.

    Thanks for your replies!
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    Regular maintenance (including a visual inspection of belts to spot any fraying, etc.) will help keep you from getting stranded.

    That said, I'm more of a deferred maintenance person myself. I'm overdue for new plugs and fluids right now, but it's on my list (sometime this summer, lol!).

    Yeah, engine mounts are a big deal. A busted mount can cause you to have an accident. Something else I need to check on mine soon. I don't think they are too pricey in the overall scheme of things.

    Steve, Host
  • cdacscdacs Posts: 3
    To all,

    I just had my villager serviced. changed the four tires, shocks and struts, all four wheels aligned and balanced....SOLVED!

    ran the new jersey turnpike at 80 mph and it was running beautifully!

    If i had to narrow it down though i think the alignment is what the problem was.

    Hope this helps those with the same problem
  • marku1marku1 Posts: 11
    I replaced the timing belt because it was the cause of the engine performance problems. Actually, I was lucky because normally the belt does not give any clue that it is about to break. The only way to know it is time is to look at the mileage. This is the basic truth about timing belts- You will replace it, now or after it breaks. It is easy to delay because you think "I'm doing O.K." But this is not a belt you can open the hood and inspect for damage.
    As for the motor mounts, they are inexpensive, around $30. each. They are not hard to replace yourself as long as your jack can get the van more than three inches off the ground! The mounts are not traditional mounts. They are essentially motor "hangers". They are made with a steel body and a rubber insert. Sounds normal, except the rubber is not solid, it has gaps that allow the engine to remain "suspended". I assume this was done to provide a smoother ride. What is does is make for some weak mounts. Even if the mounts break, your engine will not "fall out". The engine mounting bolt goes through the steel sleeve on the mount. So if the rubber shreds, like mine, the steel will "catch" it. Just a theory but I think the excessive movement from the broken mounts was the reason my exhaust studs broke. The studs are a REAL problem with this van (read the tales of misery).
    To summarize, if the odometer reads 100,000+, change the belt, even if you pay someone to do it for you it will be cheaper than the tow when it breaks. As for the mounts, $120. for a new set is hundreds less than replacing exhaust studs. Bite the bullet or wait and pay BIG!
    Advice from a guy who has been there and done that.
  • cdacscdacs Posts: 3

    Just curious. How much did changing the timing belt set you back?

  • dougmacdougmac Posts: 3
    I have a 93 Mercury Villager with a timing belt.
    Owners manual says replace every 60,000mi. Is the engine the interference type?(which will self destruct if timing belt breaks). The van has 162,000 miles, I bought it with 117,000--I'm assuming(hoping) the first owner replaced it at 60,000.
  • marku1marku1 Posts: 11
    I had to replace my water pump (leaking), so I already had removed the covers, belts, and hoses. The belt was less than $50. The mech. wanted $450 and $100. of that was for the water pump. Five hours for $450., no thanks. If you want, this IS the type of service you can do yourself. If the money is not an issue (around $350.), have a mech. do it. One thing to remember, if you do it yourself, you will need a crank pulley strap to hold the crank pulley still while removing the bolt.
  • dougmacdougmac Posts: 3
    I have a 93 Villager, and am trying to answer the same question. Any help would be appreciated.
  • dougmacdougmac Posts: 3
    I found timing belts on the internet yesterday (brand new, of course) selling for 25 to 35 bucks, depending on the manufacturer (shipping included).
  • jw1096jw1096 Posts: 2
    Thanks to everyone for their inputs.

    I have four new tires all balanced, new struts and new axles and still have vibration at high speed. Did not change shocks nor align the wheels though. Do you think alignment will fix the vibration problem? I can understand doing alignment if vehicle is pulling to one side more than the other. What do everyone think? Still trying to fix the problem. Help!
  • lampwalklampwalk Posts: 17
    Help with whether to fix this. 93 Nissan Quest with almost 200,000 miles had timing belt break. Owner will let us have the vehicle if we pay for the repair. Does this mean a new engine or rebuilding the old engine? What else will/can go wrong at this mileage? Supposedly, transmission has not been rebuilt or replaced.

    This is a Maxima engine, so, if rebuilt, what additional mileage can we expect, also what cost to rebuild transmission BEFORE it blows and what else could go wrong?

    This will be a vehicle for my daughter and her husband once repaired, so don't want them to get a whole new set of problems!

    We were the original owners of the van and sold it to some friends 4 years ago and they just forgot to change the timing belt.
  • lampwalklampwalk Posts: 17
    Did you ever get an answer to this problem? We have a similar vehicle in mind--a 93 Quest GXE with a little over that mileage and the owner said the timing belt broke, damaged the engine and to repair it would be $1000, but wonder if the damaged valves could also do something to the computer control module and if this would jsut be the beginning of problems? A year later, if you are still on board, what happened with this Quest?
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